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Sage Vaughn Paintings

I came across these photos of envelope paintings that LA based artist and WeActivist, Sage Vaughn creates as inspiration for his larger pieces of work.
Born in 1976 in Jackson, Oregon, USA Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

Can you please go into how you create your mixed media art – especially for Wildlife and Wildives?
i work with a concept in mind concerning animals and man. I like to play the images on the edge of where society and wilderness overlap. When I’m actually making the works, with brush to canvas, I prefer to be in complete darkness. I paint wearing night vision infrared goggles. I think this better simulates the way most of the animals I depict view the world.
What kind of stories are you telling in these sets?
The primary story I’m trying to tell is that man hopelessly wishes to control nature, and that nature will always be chaotic, seductive, and over-powering. The wild will push a million single blades of grass through a mile of sidewalk. It will win over time because it can’t stop itself.
Why the juxtaposition between urban backdrops with wildlife and child superheroes?
All of these works are from photographs I steal, take, or borrow. putting them together to make these situations helps me recreate those moments I actually see in life when I don’t have a camera. Birds are hard to take pictures of, they never stay still. Same with kids. You have to get pictures of kids while they’re sleeping, those come out the best.
Is it true that you wanted to show, the “world as unique in its horror and ordinary in its natural beauty”?
I said that? Why are there quotes around it?I don’t know what to make of that statement…
I’ll make up my own: “Nature is equally tragic in its self consumption as Man’s Sisyphean attempts for Grace” – Charles Barkley
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